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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 80s, 22 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Wargames [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
I have to disagree with the Amazon review:

"After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc."

You have to remember this film was brought out during the cold war and the era of the ZX Spectrum. Square blobs on a screen were impressive enough, but the idea of playing out multi-screen global nuclear war was enough to blow any 13 year old's mind at the time. This was combined with the fact that the computer software in question was named after the programmer's dead son and played the same kind of games, tic-tac-toe, that a child would. So, the final scene is not just about flashing lights, it's about a father teaching his son about life and the futility of war - and in so doing teaching every adult present in the US Army bunker the same lesson. This amounts to a very tense and touching finale.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2011 06:19:44 GMT
JD says:
Actually, the film was made during the peak era of the Apple II and Commodore 64 yet the producers of the film chose to use computer technology that was older than the current state of the art. 8" floppies and acoustic couplers hark back to the late 1970's. Still, the film is entertaining but wholly implausible.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 10:58:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2013 10:59:42 BDT
D. Milne says:
Your objection is correct but is answered in the commentary: the producers knew that a schoolkid with average income parents couldn't possibly afford state of the art, which would have been FAR more expensive in real terms back then. All his equipment is obsolete hand me downs, e.g. from the older computer geeks we see in the movie.
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